Watford have appointed former Blackburn Rovers and Portsmouth employee Luke Dowling as their new technical director

Gian Luca Nani resigned as Watford's technical director yesterday. Picture: Holly Cant

Gian Luca Nani resigned as Watford's technical director yesterday. Picture: Holly Cant

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Watford have this morning confirmed that Luke Dowling has succeeded Gian Luca Nani as their new technical director, as we revealed last night.

Nani handed in his resignation yesterday less than 24 hours after the transfer window closed but the Hornets had been lining up his replacement for a while.

Dowling is said to have had spells at Tottenham Hotspur and Reading as a player whilst a youngster before dropping down to non-league.

He retired at the age of 28 due to a knee injury and was given his chance in management by ex-West Ham United centre back Tony Gale.

Gale was director of football at Ryman Division One South side Walton Casuals, who are based in Surrey, and hired Dowling as manager.

He began scouting for Charlton Athletic before being given a job at Wimbledon, where he worked for 18 months from 2009.

Dowling moved to Crystal Palace and spent 20 months there as a scout before linking up with Michael Appleton at Portsmouth as head of recruitment for seven months, before he reunited with Appleton at Blackburn Rovers in a similar role. Both were sacked after a couple of months at the club.

The Yorkshire Evening Post claimed Dowling was close to being appointed chief scout in 2013 but couldn’t because of a severance dispute with Blackburn.

The paper also stated Dowling was working closely with new Leeds owner Massimo Cellino during the Italian’s takeover and was expected to be officially appointed into a role this summer. However, reports claim Dowling turned down the job of sporting director at the club in June.

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9:42am Wed 3 Sep 14

corey_wfc says...

I've lost count of how many times we've beaten Leeds this season. COYH!
I've lost count of how many times we've beaten Leeds this season. COYH! corey_wfc
  • Score: 22

10:07am Wed 3 Sep 14

jasonwatford says...

That was my job.........gutted ¬!¬¬
That was my job.........gutted ¬!¬¬ jasonwatford
  • Score: -2

11:45am Wed 3 Sep 14

worthing_hornet says...

why's he chosen to step down - or been asked to?
why's he chosen to step down - or been asked to? worthing_hornet
  • Score: -3

1:31pm Wed 3 Sep 14

84AGAIN says...

Portsmouth and Blackburn (sacked by the latter) and an association with Leeds on your CV does not sound like the best background!
Portsmouth and Blackburn (sacked by the latter) and an association with Leeds on your CV does not sound like the best background! 84AGAIN
  • Score: 9

3:07pm Wed 3 Sep 14

longcliffe says...

Seems like a very capable person for a tinpot club.
Seems like a very capable person for a tinpot club. longcliffe
  • Score: -14

12:48pm Thu 4 Sep 14

No Wheels says...

longcliffe wrote:
Seems like a very capable person for a tinpot club.
You're Leicester, aren't you, Longcliffe? Glad to see you're still obsessed with us, despite your promotion. You might have been forgiven for starting to obsess about the big boys of the premiership and hanging out under the bridge on their forums instead of ours, but I suppose it is an indication of where you know that you belong that you continue to show such interest in trolling around among the lower leagues. Fear not, you'll be restored soon enough.
[quote][p][bold]longcliffe[/bold] wrote: Seems like a very capable person for a tinpot club.[/p][/quote]You're Leicester, aren't you, Longcliffe? Glad to see you're still obsessed with us, despite your promotion. You might have been forgiven for starting to obsess about the big boys of the premiership and hanging out under the bridge on their forums instead of ours, but I suppose it is an indication of where you know that you belong that you continue to show such interest in trolling around among the lower leagues. Fear not, you'll be restored soon enough. No Wheels
  • Score: 2

7:19am Fri 5 Sep 14

Gusthehorn says...

So talk me through what he's actually achieved in football?
So talk me through what he's actually achieved in football? Gusthehorn
  • Score: 0
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